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Northern Ireland Legislature Reconvenes in Power-Sharing Attempt


Northern Ireland's legislature reconvenes Monday after a three-and-a-half year suspension, marking a new attempt by Protestants and Catholics to create a power-sharing government.

More than 100 lawmakers take their seats in the Stormont parliament building for the first time since they were elected in 2003.

Northern Ireland's parliament was suspended in October 2002 following allegations that Irish Republican Army militants were involved in spying.

Since then, the province has been ruled directly from London, but the British and Irish governments agreed to revive the assembly last month. Northern Ireland's lawmakers have a deadline of November 24 to decide the make-up of a Protestant-Catholic coalition government.

London and Dublin have threatened to scrap the parliament for good if an agreement is not reached by then.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.